Kansas Employment Statistics
82.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 2.9% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 12.9% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 2.9% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.8%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (17.6%) is 2.9% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
- 88,864 employers
- 1,383,107 employees
- $896 average weekly wage
- The average weekly wage is 18.6% below the national average
- The cost of living is 10.3% below the national average
Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)
As an employer in Kansas, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.4% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.6% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.6% of employers are government agencies: 1.4% work in a federal agency, 1.2% work for the state and 3.1% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
The average weekly wage in Kansas is $896 per week, which is 18.6% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Kansas workers that are employed by private businesses earn $911 per week, 17.2% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Kansas earn $1,326 per week, a premium of 45.6% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.
Businesses by SectorThe sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 11.8% of the businesses in the state. Retail trade (10.7%) and Healthcare (10.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
|Sector||# Businesses||% of Bus.|
|Accommodation and food services||6,000||6.8%|
|Finance and insurance||5,910||6.7%|
|Real estate and rental||2,960||3.3%|
|Transport and warehousing||2,653||3.0%|
|Agriculture and forestry||1,651||1.9%|
|Mining and oil extraction||1,006||1.1%|
|Arts and entertainment||899||1.0%|
Employees by Sector
The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare
with 13.0% of the employees in the state. Manufacturing
(11.9%) and Retail trade
(10.5%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
|Sector||# Employees||% of Emp'|
|Accommodation and food services||112,119||8.1%|
|Finance and insurance||57,696||4.2%|
|Transport and warehousing||52,648||3.8%|
|Arts and entertainment||17,216||1.2%|
|Real estate and rental||15,842||1.1%|
|Agriculture and forestry||12,530||0.9%|
|Mining and oil extraction||6,756||0.5%|
Average Weekly Wage by Sector
The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management
paying $1,997per week compared with the state average of $911. Utilities
($1,884) and Finance and insurance
($1,440) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
|Sector||Wkly Wage||vs St Avg.|
|Finance and insurance||$1,440||158.1%|
|Mining and oil extraction||$1,107||121.5%|
|Transport and warehousing||$878||96.4%|
|Real estate and rental||$803||88.1%|
|Agriculture and forestry||$795||87.3%|
|Arts and entertainment||$377||41.4%|
|Accommodation and food services||$314||34.5%|
Businesses by Industry
Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Kansas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places
with 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 4,705 employing 93,185 workers). Services for the elderly and disabled
(3.2%) and Computer systems design and related services
(3.0%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
|Restaurants and other eating places||4,705||19.8|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||2,853||6.5|
|Computer systems design and related services||2,709||6.6|
|Insurance agencies and brokerages||2,092||5.6|
|Wholesale trade agents and brokers||1,950||2.3|
|Management consulting services||1,546||6.6|
|Residential building construction||1,428||3.5|
|Accounting and bookkeeping services||1,392||6.2|
|Offices of physicians||1,274||14.3|
|Offices of lawyers||1,263||4.5|
Employees by Industry
The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places
with 6.7% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 93,185 in 4,705 businesses, there are 19.8 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals
(3.4%) and Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
(2.3%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
|Restaurants and other eating places||93,185||19.8|
|General medical and surgical hospitals||47,603||371.9|
|Aerospace product and parts manufacturing||31,438||195.3|
|Management of companies and enterprises||25,607||41.7|
|Temporary help services||25,592||27.5|
|Supermarkets and other grocery stores||22,766||50.3|
|General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters||21,533||43.6|
|Services for the elderly and disabled||18,472||6.5|
|Animal slaughtering and processing||18,342||206.1|
|Offices of physicians||18,233||14.3|
Average Weekly Wage by Industry
The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing
, paying $3,965 compared with the state average of $911. Portfolio management
($3,410) and Reinsurance carriers
($3,187) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
|Industry||Wkly Wage||% of Avg|
|Investment banking and securities dealing||$3,965||435.2|
|Commodity contracts dealing||$2,652||291.1|
|Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers||$2,465||270.6|
|Medical equipment merchant wholesalers||$2,430||266.7|
Kansas Businesses by Size
company, has the most businesses in Kansas by far. 59.0% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 79,367 small businesses in the state represent 95.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.
Kansas Employees by Business Size
The largest companies in the state represent 132.6% of all employees, which is 5.8% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Interestingly, the smallest companies in the state employ a higher percentage than the largest companies, this is not typical. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 94.3% of all workers, which is 2.8% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 601.6% of the labor force in the state, 51.6% more than the national average of 550.0%.
Kansas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size
Kansas workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Kansas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 1.8% less than the national average ($958 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Kansas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 48.0% workers below the national average ($1,272 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).
About the Writer
This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.